I know Halloween hasn't quite struck just yet.
It's a well known joke in circles around me that I don't celebrate things on their due date, for some reason, I seem to always have an excuse to push it forward or push it back.
Halloween fell on Melbourne Cup weekend this year and therefore we decided to celebrate the weekend before.
Given my kids are quite young I wanted Halloween to be fun and sweet, not leaving them with nightmares.
I let them invite a couple of friends over each for a play date and we organised a few little things to do and some fun nibbles.
And of course it was an opportunity to dress up.
I made a batch of cupcakes and decorated them with our Halloween Cupcake Toppers and I also made a batch of Teddy Bear Racers.
I just used a small chocolate bar, stuck smarties on the side for wheels (using melted chocolate) and then made a little hole in the chocolate to insert the teddy bear. Aren't they just too cute!
Part of the fascination for Halloween is of course the opportunity to Trick or Treat. But this is a tricky one for me (Partly because it's not Halloween yet) but mostly because Halloween is not universal in Australia, some embrace it, others don't want anything to do with it.
I made the decision to purchase three lots of 'treats' and give them to my neighbours so that there was no expectation to provide. However, all my neighbours decided to go out - no joke! Every. single. one. of. them.
That didn't stop us though, we used their yards (we have nice neighbours) and went on a Halloween treasure hunt, so to speak.
Rod planted the lolly pops in our neighbours front lawn, looked a little like a lolly pop grave yard. From there we went to our next neighbours yard, to collect a little cello bag of lollies and finally across to our third neighbours to collect the last treat.
The excitement was huge.
When we got back to the house, the kids also gave their friends a spider lolly pop and a print out of a gorgeous Halloween paper doll.
Aren't they gorgeous, you can print these too, I got them from Babalisme
Overall the kids had a really fun time, Halloween really lived up to their expectations (and it hasn't even arrived). I look forward to making Halloween a tradition for our family.
Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you do to make it special for your family?